Rotaract Leaders Visit Capital Rotary

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Sep 262017

Callie McLean (left) and Emma Goldrick, student leaders of the University of South Carolina’s Rotaract Club, are welcomed by president Blake DuBose to a recent Capital Rotary meeting.  McLean, a junior public health major, is from Charleston.  She is Rotaract vice president and has participated in a host of activities including Relay for Life, the Carolina Judicial Council and AED, a pre-health honors society that undertook a medical mission trip to Nicaragua last spring. Goldrick, a junior majoring in marketing and management, is from Hilton Head Island. She is Rotaract secretary, participated in Relay for Life, is current president of CHAARG (Changing Health Actions and Attitudes to Recreate Girls) and is a peer consultant at USC’s Student Success Center.  Rotaract clubs are open to adults ages 18-30 interested in community service, in developing leadership and professional skills, and who enjoy networking and social activities.

Colonial Life Aims to be Corporate Good Neighbor

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Sep 202017

Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company backs community improvement outreach efforts in education, arts and culture, and health and wellness.  The Columbia-based firm and its employees had a positive local impact topping $2.4 million in 2016, including over $700,000 in employee giving and more than 11,000 hours of volunteer time for charitable organizations.  That’s according to president and CEO Tim Arnold – flanked by Capital Rotary members Matthew Pollard (left) and Frank Rutkowski (right) – the club’s Sept. 20 guest speaker. Arnold said Colonial Life is especially proactive in school programs such as Junior Achievement, literacy and mentoring, and educator leadership training.  These demonstrate the company is a corporate good neighbor committed to student achievement and preparation of a future workforce.  Arnold earned a bachelor’s degree in management and a master’s in business administration degree in finance from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.  He joined Colonial Life in July 2011.

Lottery Chief Touts Public Gaming for Public Good

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Sep 072017

Matthew Pollard (center), a member of Capital Rotary’s programs committee, welcomes South Carolina Education Lottery chief operating officer Tony Cooper (left) and assistant controller Brian Ford to the club’s Sept. 6 meeting.  Cooper told Rotarians the lottery is not gambling but rather “public gaming for the public good” because proceeds fund higher education scholarships, K-12 school programs, and community resources including libraries and ETV.  Since the lottery started selling tickets in January 2002 it has resulted in education appropriations of more than $4.6 billion to counties all across the state.  Cooper has overseen day-to-day lottery operations since start-up.  Previously he was executive director of the District of Columbia Lottery & Charitable Games Board and was president of the Powerball Game Group.

Rotary Donation Helps Feed Hungry Kids

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Sep 062017

Capital Rotary president Blake DuBose presents a $1,000 check supporting child feeding to Denise Holland, CEO of Harvest Hope Food Bank.  The funds will go for (1) a BackPack Program providing child-friendly, nutritious, easy-to-open food to last the weekend for needy children and (2) the Kids Café Program serving an average of 300 children over 3,100 nutritious, warm meals monthly at 13 after-school sites including churches, community centers and Boys & Girls Clubs.  DuBose said Harvest Hope has worked since 1981 to alleviate childhood hunger, a concern embraced by Rotary International worldwide.

National speaker coming to Spring Valley Rotary on July 27

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Jul 222017

Dave Sanderson Speaking at Spring Valley Rotary Club July 27

Miracle on the Hudson Survivor

Author, Moments Matter & Speaker, Owner of Dave Sanderson Speaks

The Rotary Club of Spring Valley is pleased to announce that Dave Sanderson will be the guest speaker at their Thursday, July 27th meeting and the public is invited to attend. The club meets from 1 to 2 pm in the Grand Hall of Northeast Presbyterian Church located at 601 Polo Road in Northeast Columbia. To reserve your seat for this presentation, please contact Diane Junis at (803) 873-0254 or by email at

When US Airways Flight 1549, or “The Miracle on the Hudson” ditched into the Hudson River on January 15, 2009, Dave Sanderson knew he was exactly where he was supposed to be. The last passenger off the back of the plane on that fateful day, he was largely responsible for the well-being and safety of others, risking his own life in frigid water to help other passengers off the plane. Despite the hazard to himself, Sanderson thought only of helping others and emerged from the wreckage with a mission: to encourage others to do the right thing. In this stirring presentation, Sanderson shares the story of Flight 1549, revealing the inner strength it took to make it through the day, and how teamwork, leadership, and state management can help overcome any obstacle.

Motivated by this near-death experience, the teamwork and resourcefulness demonstrated that day by him and his fellow passengers, and the compassion shown to him by rescuers, emergency professionals and concerned volunteers who looked after him, Dave Sanderson has made it his life’s work to give back. In the 7 years since the crash, he has transitioned from a successful sales career to motivational speaking and mentoring, translating the Miracle on the Hudson into an inspirational message that resonates far beyond what happened that day, and which he hopes will be relevant to everyone in his audience. “I think that people are looking for leaders. People are looking for insight on how to handle unexpected challenges. When something tough happens in your life, how can you get through it? They’re seeking advice from people who’ve been there,” he explains, and adds: “It’s not just about surviving a plane crash. Everything I’’d learned about solving problems, big and small, coalesced that day for me and 149 other passengers on the plane. You may never have that experience, but what worked that day can work every day in your life, and that’s what people understand and draw strength from,” Sanderson says.

Since the Miracle on the Hudson, considered the most successful ditching in aviation history, Dave Sanderson has built a career as a motivational speaker, mentor and author. Currently, Sanderson averages over 100 speeches a year for major corporations across the United States as well as overseas, including Baylor and James Madison Universities, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, BP, Canada Life, Delta Airlines, Exxon/Mobile, Entrepreneurs Organization, YPO, eWomen Network, and numerous banking associations.

In addition, Sanderson has appeared at countless fundraisers that have raised over $8.56 million for the American Red Cross. He continues to donate his speaker services to the organization as an expression of gratitude for the care he received from one of the first persons he saw after he was rescued and transferred to land in New Jersey: a Red Cross volunteer with a blanket.

In his new book, “Moments Matter, Sanderson discusses lessons learned from the Miracle on the Hudson and how one defining moment in your life can create your lifetime of purpose. A firsthand account of his experience aboard US Airways Flight 1549 appears in the book “Brace for Impact: Miracle on the Hudson Survivors Share Their Stories of Near Death and Hope for New Life” by Dorothy Firman and Kevin Quirk.

Sanderson was born in Peoria, Illinois, and grew up in Hillsboro, Ohio and Winchester, Virginia. His dreams of playing college football ended when he suffered a career-ending knee injury. He attended James Madison University and graduated with a BBA in International Business. He began his professional career in restaurant management, and went on to work as a National Sales Manager for ADP, Sales Manager for PeopleSoft, Sales Manager for KPMG Consulting, Senior Vice President of Sales for Genesis 10; Application Sales Manager for Oracle, and Security Director for Robbins Research International, Inc., An Anthony Robbins Company. He lives with Terri, his wife of 29 years and his four children – Chelsey, Colleen, Courtney and Chance – in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Jun 272017
  The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo had Rep. James Smith as their guest speaker on Wednesday, June 21st. Rep. Smith talked about his distinguished military career, which includes being awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart. Rep. Smith also spoke about the importance of service, working across the aisle. It was our pleasure to have Rep. Smith as our guest.  

Summerville Rotary Club News

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Jun 132017
The Summerville Rotary Club volunteered with the Summerville Miracle League on Saturday, June 3rd. Club Members supported, cheered on and encouraged the adult baseball teams as they played ball. The Summerville Rotary Club is one of the many local organizations and businesses that helped to build the Saul Alexander field. The Saul Alexander field and complex is now an incredibly beautiful, safe and accessible field and complex for all to enjoy, especially for those with special needs.

Nominations Open for Hilton Head Island Hall of Fame

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Jun 132017
Please see the attached Press release which explains how anyone can nominate a candidate to be inducted in the 2017class of the Hall of Fame.
For Further Info, Contact:   Hank Noble, Hall of Fame Co-Chair  

Rotary Club of Georgetown/ Mayor Jack Scoville gives State of the City talk

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Jun 032017
Jack Scoville, the Mayor of the City of Georgetown gave a State of the City talk at last Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Rotary Club of Georgetown at Chacon’s Restaurant on the beautiful Winyah Bay.
The Mayor delved into efficiencies that have helped the city come significantly under the budget while improving the accountability and morale of the workforce.
Major works have improved the lives of citizens. From new water mains in Maryville, the Ben Cooper kids park in the West End, and rehabilitation of East Bay Park, which when complete will have new tennis courts and walking trails are some of the highlights.
The City has received a deed to the majority of Goat Island which will lead to nature paths and docks for access, as well as to eventual installation of mooring fields for boats in the harbor. At that time, the city will be able to enforce boat mooring rules.
The upcoming meeting between the city and the potential purchaser of the steel mill on 5/10/2017, is an opportunity for a better understanding of the plan for the mill. He believes it is still important to go ahead with the rezoning, allowing the new entity to be grandfathered in as a mill as long as they operate. The Mayor wants to make it clear that they need to hire workers from within the city, as unemployment is high in the West End.
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